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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BROADWAY BARES: GAME NIGHT RAISES $1,875,090

Judith Light Was There




Broadway’s hottest dancers and two explosively responsive audiences came together for a fierce and steamy evening of fun and sensational striptease at Broadway Bares: Game Night, this year’s record-breaking edition of the annual spectacular.



Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Game Night raised $1,875,090 with two standing-room-only performances on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.



Stripathon, the online fundraiser led by the show’s cast and crew, raised a record-shattering $953,153, marking the third year in a row that Stripathon was the single largest contributor to the grand total.



This year’s Broadway Bares gave your ordinary game night a tantalizing twist with unparalleled striptease production numbers inspired by beloved board games, video games and arcade games.



An unplanned stop at a mysterious mansion led to the evening of frisky and festive game play that included sunken battleships, conjured spirits, a not-so-old maid, high-flying flashlight tag, a surprise video from Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong and special guest appearances by the cast of the hit Broadway revival The Boys in the Band.



To start the show, four friends out on an adventure - recording artist Mila Jam, Jay Armstrong Johnson (The Phantom of the Opera), Marissa Rosen (The Marvelous Wonderettes) and L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King) – stumbled on the mansion and its delightfully devious maid and butler, played by Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants).



For the Clue-inspired opening number, the four were transformed into scantily clad Bares versions of the game’s iconic characters: now dubbed Miss Harlett, Colonel Must Hard, Mrs. Pee Pee Cock and Professor Plums. Margherita and Taylor then invited the foursome - and the audience - to explore the mansion as games unfolded in each risqué room.



The number was choreographed by this year’s directors, Nick Kenkel, who returned to direct Broadway Bares for the sixth year, and Laya Barak, an accomplished dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in the last four editions of Broadway Bares. The opening number was written by Troy Britton Johnson, with music by Lynne Shankel and lyrics by Amanda Greene.



In the show’s finale, Margherita revealed that she was actually the mastermind behind the mysterious gaming mansion, powered by beauty and brains. And to reinforce the point that women run The Game of Life, she invited Broadway leading ladies Alison Luff, Ryann Redmond and Rema Webb (Escape to Margaritaville); Kirstin Maldonado (Kinky Boots and the Grammy-winning Pentatonix); Ashley Park (Mean Girls); Chondra Profit (The Lion King) and Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812). Ultimately, the entire cast of more than 200 dazzling dancers flooded the stage, providing an electrifying conclusion to the evening’s game play.



The Boys in the Band’s Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins appeared as special guests and were challenged with some tantalizing trivia questions. For each incorrect answer by the cast, Carver had to strip off an article of clothing. The Boys may have lost, but the audience surely won when Carver was stripped to nothing but his cowboy hat.



The evening’s fun-and-games adventure included:



Sexy seamen were ready to sink battleships and strip to their skivvies in a number choreographed by Barak and Jonathan Lee. Led by Robert Walters (Hamilton) and Juan Zapata, this explosive and hardcore hip hop piece featured an all-male ensemble of irresistible sailors running tight ships.



A birthday party for Joe Beauregard (Kinky Boots) found his frolicsome friends playing a rousingly sketchy game of “Striptionary.” Each time an article of clothing was drawn, Beauregard’s handy friends stripped it off him. This playfully provocative number, choreographed by Michael Lee Scott, ultimately left a smiling Beauregard in his proverbial “birthday suit.”



A Ouija-playing Spencer Clark (Frozen) conjured up something mythically gorgeous in the form of aerialist Reed Kelly, who spun and flew above the stage in supernatural swirls of silk. The poetic pair passionately performed the ballet-infused romantic choreography by Kellen Stancil, supported by an all-male chorus of alluring spirits. The aerial work was directed by Mathieu Leopold.



The classic board game Candy Land got a spicy twist with Donald Jones Jr. (Frozen) as a luscious Lord Licorice. Joined by fellow game characters Ehizoje Azeke, Justin Keats (Escape to Margaritaville) and Ricky Schroeder (Kinky Boots) and backed up by an ensemble of eye candy, the fabulous trio unwrapped Jones down to his gumdrops. The scrumptious number was choreographed by Al Blackstone.



Though Matthew Skrincosky played the central character in an Indiana Jones video game, there’s no doubt women cracked the whip when indomitable Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) arrived with an ensemble of fierce, fabulous women. DeBose leveled up as she commanded Skrincosky across the stage and stripped him down to his joystick. The number was choreographed by Olivia Cipolla.



The lights went down and the clothes came off in a rambunctious round of flashlight tag that enveloped the entire audience, led by Javier Perez and choreographed by John Alix. Eight aerialists from Las Vegas’ acclaimed Living Art of Armando, choreographed by Armando Farfan Jr., added a flashlight-fueled aerial routine above the dancers on stage and in the crowd, immersed on every level of Hammerstein Ballroom.



“Old Maid” Karine Plantadit was dismissed by a full house of younger Kings, Queens, Jacks and Aces when she initially tried to keep pace with outdated dance moves. However, Plantadit proved she had a card up her sleeve when she stripped down to reveal her inner sultry, sexy seductress. Choreographer Nathan Peck upped the ante as the card-playing chorus supported her winning transformation.



Sexy patient Nicholas Cunningham (The Phantom of the Opera) was just what doctor Kali Grinder (Frozen) ordered in choreographer Charlie Sutton’s homage to Operation. Grinder gave Cunningham a full-body physical, alongside her team of sinewy male nurses. The men flipped her across the stage and unveiled the vixen hiding underneath.



Pinball wizard Henry Byalikov (Dancing with the Stars) transformed into a skinball stripper when futuristic goddess Jena VanElslander emerged from the arcade game. VanElslander entranced and seduced Byalikov and an ensemble of giddy gamers in the number choreographed by Richard Hinds.



Celebrating Parcheesi’s regal status as the royal game of India, choreographer Lisa Stevens delivered a high-spirited Bollywood number, led by Julius Rubio as a charmed snake.



Special pre-show choreography to entertain VIP donors was created by Sidney Erik Wright.



The show’s famous “rotation,” where the entire cast danced to encourage tips from the audience, followed each show. This year’s rotation raised an additional $28,509.



Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who created Broadway Bares in 1992 and serves as executive producer, and two-time Tony winner Judith Light thanked the audience at the show’s close. Light reminded the audience: “We are living in challenging and complicated times. But as I look out at this beautiful audience, I know our voices will not be silenced. We must remember that safe is hot sex. Know your status. Testing and treatment equals prevention. Undetectable equals untransmittable. We can best love each other by protecting each other.”



This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Mark MacKillop, who raised $45,660, the most ever by a Bares performer. He was followed by the male runners up Taylor at $30,045 and Schroeder at $26,454. The female runners up were Barak at $12,791 and Katie Thrasher at $12,493.



Presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam delivered a $200,000 check, delivered by Sandy Joseph and Janene Machado. The pair saluted the extraordinary skills of the more than 70 M∙A∙C makeup artists who volunteered to create the show’s incredible looks.



Production Stage Manager Johnny Milani led a team of 34 stage managers with more than 700 volunteers behind the scenes to create the show. Aaron Hamilton served as Game Night’s associate director. Joel Shier was lighting designer; Nevin Steinberg handled sound design; and the show’s scenic designer was David Arsenault. Karl Ruckdeschel handled costume coordination; Kevin Thomas Garcia coordinated hair and wig design; and Caite Hevner managed projection coordination. Troy Britton Johnson wrote the show’s book.


Broadway Bares was created by Mitchell as a way to raise money to help those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In its first year, Mitchell and seven of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000. Last year, the event raised $1,568,114. To date, Broadway Bares has now raised $19.1 million for Broadway Cares.



In addition to presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, Broadway Bares received generous support from BC/EFA corporate partner United Airlines.


Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.



For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org




Monday, April 23, 2018

BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS COMPETITION

Bernadette Peters



Stars from some of the most popular shows on Broadway, including Angels in America, The Band’s Visit, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hello, Dolly!, The Lion King, Mean Girls, Once on This Island and SpongeBob SquarePants, will make special appearances at the 32nd annual Easter Bonnet Competition on Monday, April 23, at 4:30 pm and Tuesday, April 24, at 2 pm.



The Easter Bonnet Competition (#broadwaybonnets) will feature appearances by John Cariani and Ari’el Stachel (The Band’s Visit); Lilli Cooper, Gavin Lee and Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants); Bongi Duma and Tshidi Manye (The Lion King); Adam Heller, Evan Pappas and Cheryl Stern (A Letter to Harvey Milk); Erika Henningsen and Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls); Patti Murin (Frozen), Lea Salonga (Once on This Island) and Taylor Trensch (Dear Evan Hansen).


Victor Garber




The winners of top fundraiser, best presentation and best bonnet design, as well as the much-anticipated fundraising total, will be announced Tuesday by Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters (Hello, Dolly!) and Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane (Angels in America).


The two performances, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, celebrate the culmination of six weeks of fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and nationally touring productions. Cast, crews and volunteers have been standing with Broadway Cares’ signature #redbuckets in hand at theatre exits accepting donations. The donations become grants that provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.


This year’s show at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney’s The Lion King, will feature more than 200 Broadway and Off-Broadway singers and dancers.


Shows scheduled to present songs, skits or dances and stunning handcrafted bonnets include Avenue Q, The Band’s Visit, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, Hamilton, Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, Kinky Boots, A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Lion King, School of Rock - The Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants, Waitress and Wicked. Caleb Teicher & Company is also is set to perform, representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Hailey Kilgore (Once on This Island) will perform David Friedman’s “Help Is on the Way,” the longtime Easter Bonnet Competition closing anthem.


A panel of distinguished judges will determine best presentation honors at Tuesday's performance. This year's judges are Zach Adkins and Christy Altomare from Anastasia; Major Attaway from Aladdin; Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan from Escape to Margaritaville; Ashley Park and Kate Rockwell from Mean Girls; and Charlie Stemp from Hello, Dolly!. Also joining the panel are Nicole LaFountaine and Gracie Miller, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.


Performing shows and special guests are subject to change.


The opening number will be written and directed by Billy Hipkins and co-directed and choreographed by James Kinney. The incredible fundraising effort of national tours across the country will be represented in a number directed and choreographed by Richard J. Hinds. Broadway Cares’ affiliate organizations Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina will be honored in a number directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado.



A limited number of tickets, starting at $30, are available. They can be purchased at broadwaycares.org.


Friday, April 13, 2018

BROADWAY BARES ANNOUNCES GAME NIGHT JUNE 17

Broadway Bares



You’re invited to a friendly game night where the only type of poker to play is strip, where the lead pipe in the library is more flirty than fatal and where playtime is for more than just the games. This year’s theme for Broadway Bares, announced today, is Game Night, an unparalleled evening of seductive striptease with a gamified twist. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.



Broadway Bares: Game Night (#BroadwayBares) will feature more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City, rolling the dice and their well-toned bodies in the highly choreographed, highly produced annual spectacular.



Combining the sexy wink of classic burlesque with today’s favorite pop music, Broadway Bares: Game Night will put a sassy, seductive spin on games you know and love. From a pulsating poke at pinball to saucy virtual reality video games, don’t miss the titillating live show where anything can happen.



The 28th annual edition of Broadway Bares will take place at 9:30 pm and midnight on Sunday, June 17, at Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street, NYC).



The show will be directed by Nick Kenkel, co-choreographer of the upcoming Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse, and Laya Barak, an accomplished dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in the last four editions of Broadway Bares. Aaron Hamilton serves as associate director.



Wanna play? Tickets for Broadway Bares: Game Night range from $50 to $3,000. VIP tickets include unlimited specialty cocktails and exclusive seating. The fabulous "Stripper Spectacular" package includes a premium reserved table seat at either show with specialty cocktails, admission to a private cocktail party at Broadway Bares creator and executive producer Jerry Mitchell’s penthouse apartment and a backstage tour. The “Barest Backstage Insider Experience” includes a premium reserved table seat at the midnight show with specialty cocktails, a pre-show, behind-the-scenes backstage tour and access to the final “undressed” rehearsal the evening of the show.



Ticket details are at broadwaycares.org. For other information and merchandise, visit broadwaybares.com.



Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Mitchell, then a Broadway dancer, as a way to raise awareness and money for those living with HIV/AIDS. In Broadway Bares’ first year, Mitchell and six of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000.

Monday, November 13, 2017

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON SELLS OUT

Donnie Kehr




New York, NY  – The Path Fund Inc. ® has announced today that their event, set for tonight  titled: ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON! Their 24the edition, is sold out.


They have also released exclusive photos from their rehearsals, which took place this week in Manhattan.


 This year at ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON! The ensemble will pay tribute to legendary musicians who have passed on.  The greatest Rock & Roll band might be in heaven, but they continue to be the soundtrack of our lives and live on inspiring us with their music. 




 Proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and non-profit performing arts education programs.



The full cast includes:



 *Evie Dolan (School Of Rock)

 *Constantine Maroulis (TONY Nominee, Rock Of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde)

 *Kyle Taylor Parker (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Kinky Boots)

 *Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn)

 *Tim Young (Next To Normal)

*Brian Charles Rooney (Three Penny Opera)

*Max Sangerman, Bligh Voth

 *Jayna Brown – (Semi-Finalist, America's Got Talent)

 *Michael Cerveris (TONY Award Winner - Fun Home; Assassins; The Who’s Tommy)

* Alex Brightman (TONY Nominee - School Of Rock)

*Kennedy Caughell (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)

*Drew Gehling (Waitress; On A Clear Day…; Jersey Boys)

*Emma Hunton (Wicked; Next To Normal; Spring Awakening)

*Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award Winner - Zorro The Musical; Matilda the Musical)

*Megan Rice

*Jeremy Schonfeld (Iron & Coal; Spun; Drift)

 *Donald Webber Jr. (Hamilton; Holler If Ya Hear Me; Motown The Musical)

 Adds Donnie Kehr: “The rehearsals have been stellar. This will without a doubt be one of our strongest nights, and honoring Tom Viola will be a singular thrill.”

Directed by ROCKERS creator Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), and hosted by Broadway Sessions’ Ben Cameron (Wicked) with the events live auction will be led by Ryan Willard.  The evening is sponsored by Dolly Fox, Dr. & Mrs. J. Barry Howell and the Pamela & Laurence Tarica Foundation.

Each year ROCKERS ON BROADWAY honors industry luminaries who have inspired and enhanced the community. As announced earlier, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tony Award-winner Tom Viola, Executive Director for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids. 

VIP table seating for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY® begins at $325 for a single ticket, $625 for a table for 2, and $2,500 for a table of 8. General Admission tickets are $100 and Standing Room tickets are available for $25. Visit www.rockersonbroadway.com to order. 

The PATH Fund, Inc.® is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education. We support pre-professional training organizations with scholarship and program funding. Additionally, we support NYC’s thriving arts community by working with aspiring writers to develop new works of music and theater.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS STRIP YOU

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Broadway Bares: Strip U
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Allison Janney



A spirited audience of thousands went back to campus with stripped-down collegians who offered a sexy lacrosse scrimmage, a Pavlovian psychology experiment, a pumped-up pep rally and a fierce feminist studies class at Broadway Bares: Strip U, this year’s edition of the annual highly choreographed, highly produced striptease spectacular.



Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.



Stripathon, the online fundraiser led by the show’s cast and crew, raised a jaw-dropping and record-breaking $686,135 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, marking the second year in a row and only second time in Broadway Bares history Stripathon was the single largest contributor to the grand total.



This year’s Broadway Bares stripped away the fears of freshmen and saluted seniors as a journey across the Strip U campus took us to a seductive observatory, exploding chemistry lab, flirty fine arts class, frat party-turned-Greek god fantasy, a lesson in stiletto strutting and Havana, Cuba, for a sizzling semester studying abroad.



Two-time Tony Award nominee and seven-time Emmy winner Allison Janney started the show with a video invitation as Strip U’s president, offering sexy salutations, a campus history and words of wisdom: “Our motto reminds us of our core values every day: Honorem, Integritas, Nuditas, Erectus.”



The show opened with Broadway favorite Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, TV’s Quantico) learning he was accepted to Strip U, the only college where clothing is optional and striptease is always in the curriculum. As the dean of admissions at Strip U, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), flanked by some of Broadway’s best student bodies, welcomed Johnson to his new home for the next four years. The welcoming, diverse campus proudly stripped down, celebrating self love and acceptance.



The opening number was choreographed by Nick Kenkel, who returned to direct Broadway Bares for the fifth year and created the Strip U concept. The opening number was written by Hunter Bell and Wade Dooley, with music by Matt Sklar and lyrics by Amanda Greene.



The patriarchy was stripped apart in Strip U’s feminist studies class, which lifted the audience into a rousing frenzy to deliver the loudest cheers of the night. With Kinky Boots’ Lola, J. Harrison Ghee, as its gender-nonconforming guide, the number celebrated the historical fight of women - from suffragettes to American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II to the rise of Pantsuit Nation. Choreographed by John Alix, the fiery performance of 20 women was backed by larger-than-life images of women through years standing up and speaking out before landing on a modern-day protest sign that declared, “The Future is Female.”



The traditional pep rally got a significant step up when The Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor and Jelani Remy, who play Mufasa and Simba, led a crew of increasingly scantily-clad students in an energetic step dance. The pair showed off the pep in their step while acrobatically tumbling across the stage, as the step team stripped to shiny booty shorts. The number was choreographed by Laya Barak.



A studly psychology student got an unforgettable lesson in Pavlov’s dogs when the strapping Josh Drake (Aladdin) turned into trainer to a class of obedient male classmates in a drool-worthy dance. In full command of his pack, Drake walked the harness-clad mass of male virility down the runway in the number choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright.



A shirts-versus-skins lacrosse scrimmage heated up the stage when Kyle Brown (Anastasia) coached a crew of sweaty, muscled men. Ericka Hunter (Miss Saigon) and Katie Webber (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) gave the game co-ed flair as they strutted and stripped their protective gear in the athletic number. The scrimmage was choreographed by Charlie Sutton.



The sky filled with spellbinding stars when 10 aerialists from Las Vegas’ acclaimed Living Art of Armando performed a high-flying and breathtaking aerial dance at Strip U’s observatory, staged by Bares favorite Armando Farfan Jr. Below the celestial constellations, Josh Daniel Green (Wicked), Kar Will and a team of Broadway Bares dancers stayed grounded for a ballet-infused romance, choreographed by Kenkel.



Other numbers that explored the Strip U campus included:



● A fine arts sketch class, choreographed by Richard J. Hinds, featured Lockhart Brownlie (Wicked) displaying model misbehavior as the class’ nude muse. Led by teacher Holly Ann Butler and surrounded by fawning females, Brownlie and the ladies stripped down Butler as she and Brownlie bravely bared it all.

● A toga party turned into a Grecian celebration on the stage - and above it - as partying college students transformed into ancient gods and goddesses complete with angelic aerialists dangling in silks. Daniel Lynn Evans, with glittering gods Dave August, Callan Bergmann (Cats) and Christopher Trepinski, led the number, choreographed by Paul Stancato. Above, the togas transformed into aerial silk as Jen James and Crista Marie Jackson displayed exquisite artistry and ability midair in choreography by Bobby Hedglin-Taylor.

● Transgender recording artist Mila Jam taught Pump 101, a uniquely Strip U class that definitely put the sex back in the heel. A bookish Paula Caselton (Peepshow) transformed into voracious vixen after Jam gave her a crash course in stiletto-strutting, resulting in a stripped-down Caselton confidently commanding the class. The number was choreographed by Kellen Stancil.

● Michael Apuzzo and Heather Lee Bair’s science experiment, choreographed by Michael Lee Scott, had unexpectedly sexy results when the beefy Sean Burroughs emerged as their chemistry creation. The chemists fought over him as they stripped Burroughs to nearly nothing in a tantalizing tug-of-war.

● As Strip U students enjoyed a their study abroad excursion in Havana, they stumbled into a club of seductive locals, including Rosie Lani Fiedelman (The Lion King), who lured well-toned tourist Jeremey Adam Rey (On Your Feet!) into her den. The pair led a steamy, Latin salsa, choreographed by Sekou McMiller.



Internet personality Randy Rainbow and On Your Feet’s Ana Villafañe made special guest appearances as a psychology professor and a foreign exchange student.



In the finale, Instagram sensation Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), playing a pesky Department of Education auditor who appeared throughout the show, finally saw the Strip U way and offered the university full federal funding. The entire cast of more than 180 dancers flooded the stage, providing an electrifying finale to the show.



The show’s famous “rotation,” where the entire cast danced to encourage individual appreciation tips from the audience, followed each show. This year’s rotation raised an additional $22,038.



Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who created Broadway Bares in 1992 and serves as executive producer, and Tony winner Judith Light thanked the audience at the show’s close. “We must take the power of our diverse communities and dedicate our energies to the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other,” Light said. Light and Mitchell also reminded the audience: “Safe sex is hot sex. We can best love each other by protecting each other.”



This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was L. Steven Taylor, who raised a remarkable $18,198. He was closely followed by Holly Butler at $15,078. Rounding out the top five were Steve Bratton with $14,198, Richard JMV Schieffer with $12,051 and Laya Barak with $10,174.



Presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam delivered a $300,000 check, delivered by Nancy Mahon, M∙A∙C senior vice president and executive director of M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Mahon also saluted the extraordinary skills of more than 70 M∙A∙C makeup artists who volunteered to create the show’s incredible looks.



Broadway Bares: Strip U was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, led by Producing Director Valerie Lau-Kee Lai and an extraordinary staff. Production Stage Manager Matt DiCarlo led a team of 47 stage managers with more than 700 other volunteers behind the scenes to create the show. Aaron Hamilton served as Strip U’s assistant director.

Joel Shier was lighting designer; Nevin Steinberg handled sound design; and the show’s scenic designer was Jason Lee Courson. Hunter Bell and Wade Dooley wrote the show’s book.


Broadway Bares was created by Mitchell as a way to raise money to help those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In its first year, Mitchell and seven of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000. To date, Broadway Bares has now raised $17.4 million for Broadway Cares.
In addition to presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, Broadway Bares received generous support from BC/EFA corporate partner United Airlines.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS COLLECTION

Broadway Legends Ornament Collection



Inimitable icon Patti LuPone has been a shining star on Broadway for more than four decades. Now, she can be the brilliant centerpiece of your holiday decor as the latest addition to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends ornament collection.



LuPone is the ninth superstar to join the Broadway Legends series, alongside Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand and GwenVerdon.



This year’s stunning ornament features LuPone in her legendary role of Eva Perón in Evita, for which she won a Tony Award in 1980 and solidified her status as a theatrical idol. She is dressed in a glamorous, shimmering gown, belting the seminal theatre classic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from the balcony of the Casa Rosada. This dazzling collectible is sure to take center stage in any festive home.



Known as one of the most dynamic divas to ever grace the stage, she is a two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2006.



LuPone burst onto the theatre scene in 1972 as an original member of The Acting Company, where she had a four-year stint. She earned her first Tony nomination in the company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom in 1975. Four years later, LuPone was cast as Perón, a role that would propel her into theatre superstardom. Since then, she has performed in more than 25 Broadway productions. Notable roles include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Rose in Gypsy, for which she won her second Tony Award.



This spring, she will return to Broadway to perform in the acclaimed new musical War Paint, following a sold-out and buzzed about Chicago run this past summer.



The 8-inch-tall glass LuPone ornament was designed exclusively for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends collection by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company. To purchase the limited edition ornament, visit broadwaycares.org.



Four fabulous fellow Legends are still available in limited quantities to add to your collection: Andrews in My Fair Lady, Minnelli in The Act, Streisand in Funny Girl and Verdon in Sweet Charity.



LuPone’s ornament is just one of the must-have Broadway Cares gifts available this holiday season. The Broadway Cares Collection’s 2016 snow globe was designed by Hamilton set designer David Korins. It features a plane circling a bedazzled golden star to the tune of “Give My Regards to Broadway,” with logos from more than 20 Broadway musicals set on snow-capped Times Square skyscrapers. This year’s Carols for a Curetwo-CD set features festive favorites from 22 of the season’s hottest musicals. Also available is Broadway Cares and Playbill’s fifth set of collectable ornaments, this year featuring Playbill covers from long-running musicals The Magic Show, Oklahoma!, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Smokey Joe’s Café and South Pacific.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.



For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS TOURNAMENT

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THE BROADWAY SHUFFLE
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Phil Libin



It's time to “shuffle up and deal” for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with Broadway Bets, a first-of-its-kind Broadway poker tournament co-chaired by Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization. Libin is president of BC/EFA’s Board of Trustees and Wankel is a longtime trustee.



Whether you're a first-time player or a poker ace, everybody can play and anyone can win. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.



Played as a Texas Hold 'em tournament, Broadway Bets (#broadwaybets) will welcome an array of industry insiders and theatre fans all competing against each other to be the last player standing and first Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded for top players. Foxwoods Resort Casino will be the official tournament host of Broadway Bets with Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters and Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical serving as the tournament directors.



Taking over the famed on Monday May 18th at Sardi's restaurant (234 West 44th Street, NYC), Broadway Bets will be a refined but casual evening of friendly card play in the heart of New York's theatre district. Doors open at 6:30 pm; tournament play begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available now at broadwaycares.org.